CBC/Peter Mansbridge- Well, I don't suppose anyone could claim it was a surprise, so why was the CBC so unprepared? I watched their coverage last night and this morning and it sucked both times.
The Canadian Reform Alliance Party/Stephen Harper- He has had over a year since the last election to learn French. Why didn't he? In his speeches last night and this morning he didn't say more than a phrase in French. He'd be talking, then he'd say a phrase in French, there would be that second of transition when the translator audio cuts in, and he'd already be back to English. I don't see why it's so hard to speak French when you are working from notes that someone else has written and you've been coached on the pronunciation. Is he that stupid that his handlers can't even train him to phonetically pronounce a whole sentence or two in another language.
His speaking skills are really quite bad. He says something and then looks around in that skittish way, as if he's expecting people to throw stuff at him, which would be understandable if I was in the audience, but he was speaking to his own MPs.
Awkward Arm Raises- John Stewart had a bit about this the other night and he's so right. The awkward arm raise is so painful to watch. If I was the leader of any of those parties, I'd ban them.